March 21, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin
Situational awareness is being aware of one’s surroundings and identifying potential threats and dangerous situations.
Situational awareness is more of a mindset than a tangible hands-on skill.
Situational awareness can be applied by anyone with the resolve to do so.
To help you practice, here are a few drills that you can do to hone your mindset…
First though, to establish a mindset of situational awareness one must first recognize that threats do exist. If someone is in denial of the potential for a threat, that person’s chances of recognizing an emerging threat quickly enough – and avoiding it – will be highly unlikely. Bad things do happen.
One must also be of the mindset to take responsibility for one’s own security. The ‘authorities’ cannot be everywhere (and we don’t want them everywhere) and cannot stop every potential criminal action. People need to look out for themselves.
The situational awareness mindset also includes trusting your “gut” or instinct. Often a person’s subconscious can notice subtle signs of danger that the conscious mind has difficulty quantifying or articulating. Have you ever suddenly had that feeling of danger without being able to put your finger on it – so to speak? Ignoring such feelings can lead to serious trouble.